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Angeleno Magazine - January 2017

Angeleno Magazine

New York-based design icon Ralph Pucci debuts an impressive new flagship in Los Angeles.

Although legendary furniture dealer Ralph Pucci has had a successful showroom at the Pacific Design Center for more than a decade, he always knew that it would not be his permanent L.A. home. “We had been wanting to buy a building for some time, (in) an up-and-coming area,” he explains. Finally, Pucci has found just the spot: a light-filled, 13,000-square foot warehouse-like space originally a 1920s dance studio that served as a puppeteering school and, most recently, a rehearsal area for Dancing With the Stars off of Highland Avenue, around the corner from design heavyweights like JF Chen and Blackman Cruz as well as numerous art galleries.

“It’s going to really take the Pucci experience to a whole new level,” says the New York City based visionary, who got his start in the family mannequin business and began representing designers after working on a Barneys New York collaboration with Andrée Putman in 1985.

“Our New York showroom is in a historic building that was a department-store warehouse in the early 1900s, and Miami is in an old box factory in the Wynwood Arts District, and our new L.A. home will have the same spirit and soul.”

The two-story, whitewashed space will officially open this March with pieces from Pucci’s top designers, such as Patrick Naggar Amalfi Fiberglas chairs ($3,000), a ceramic and wrought iron Jungle cabinet by Elizabeth Garousete ($30,000) and India mahdavi’s geometric Joker table ($7,740). There will be a garden area where guests can sit among bold sculptures by Pucci’s good friend, artist Ruben Toledo; and exhibits dedicated to luminaries like Richard Meier and Pierre Paulin will launch later this fall. Pucci is especially excited about the latest collection collection from Hervé Van der Straeten, which includes the striking new wood and gold leaf Reaction mirror ($17,400). “The collection is just off the charts; he keeps getting better and better.” Pucci says about the iconic Parisian jeweler, artist and designer. “He never repeats himself he keeps moving on with new ideas.” The same could be said about Pucci.

1025 N. McCadden Place, L.A.